This post is all about simple pleasures to be found, enjoyed, and savored in my north central midwest home town. Hmmmmm - - - there's A LOT of directionality in that last sentence!!!
The other day I made a long overdue stop here. Long overdue because I hadn't been in such a long time, and my heart was just longing to go again.
Reading was something my mom valued - - - so if my sister and I had our noses stuck in a book, we were far less likely to be summoned for household chores. Momma didn't raise no fools - - - so Sister Pam and I honed our love of reading to a fine degree.
We made frequent trips to our central Wisconsin city library from whence, after curling up in a window seat to read for a spell, we would bring home arm loads of books.
To this day I still love to read AND to visit the library.
When I walk in the library door, that sense of "librariness" washes over me and beckons me to enter and explore the shelves.
This particular trip, I check out three books:
I have already read four books in this series and enjoyed them immensely. They are set in an English Village full of cottages and charm. Though they are novels, their main character is Beatrix Potter of "Peter Rabbit" fame. They include enough of her actual life history to make me feel like she is now my friend.
When I started the first book of this series, I was at first turned off just a bit when the animals began to talk. However, I soon realized that only other animals could understand them (well Beatrix is pretty good at animal discernment - though she does not herself speak animalese) and it became part of the whimsy that makes them so special.
I actually found this series of mysteries from the above books because Susan Albert is Robin Paige. These are easy read Victorian mysteries featuring a female sleuth and "dreadful penny novel" authoress.
And the final prize that I brought home is this most unusual John Grisham book.
I actually first heard an interview with John himself on NPR about this book back when it was just coming off the presses. Though I'm NOT normally a Grishamite, the interview captured my attention and my imagination because this book is about FOOD and FOOTBALL - - - two of my great passions.
This week several of my bloggy friends talked about reading and enjoying this book which reminded me to go in search of it.
Today I went to see my hairdresser, Amy, who knew I was coming this time!!! She gave me this perky little highlight/cut combo. She sometimes likes to lurk around on my blog, so it wasn't too difficult to convince her to pose for this mirror image photo!!
And after the hair do, I returned home to putter in the kitchen:
Can you believe it?!? I'm actually cooking!!!!
Does layering roasts, carrots, onions, mushrooms and cream of mushroom soup in a crock pot COUNT as cooking???? I hope so, 'cause that's the closest thing to cooking I've done since my famous, secret family heirloom rice and beans dish.
In a few minutes I'm heading out for one more adventure - - - - a $10 pedicure at the beauty school!!!!
Why don't you drop everything and come with me???